Bradley Burston, opinionizing in Ha’aretz, takes on the election issue that most won’t address, but that Sarah Palin is all too happy to sell with a wink and a smile: hate. Great piece offering a non-US view of the nonsense going on within this artificial manmade construct.
“We see America as the greatest force for good in this world,” Palin told a fund-raising event in Colorado on Sunday. “Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”
“This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America,” she said. “We see America as a force of good in this world.”
Since taking the national stage a month ago, Sarah Palin has been subjected to an onslaught of invective, dismissal, insult and smear. Now, the debate safely behind her, she has chosen a new means of response: incitement.
Does she really believe that Barack Obama, and by extension, those who support him, do not see America as a force for good in this world?
If she does not, her statement was obscene. If she does, America as a whole is in trouble. And not because she’s right.
There are many among her admirers who celebrate her for speaking unvarnished truth, for saying out loud the kinds of things that “you and I” really feel.
The problem is not unvarnished truth, but thinly varnished hatred.
As she proved in her speeches accepting John McCain’s and her party’s nominations, Governor Palin is a person with acute skills of self-expression. She knows exactly what response – and what bigotry – she will elicit when she denigrates the concept of a “community organizer.”
Just as she knows precisely what message she’s sending when she states that Barack Obama “is not a man who sees America like you and I see America.”
She knows to the letter what flags she’s flying when she implies that Obama not only does not love his country but reviles it, even to the point of being a fellow traveler to subversives and potential terror murderers.
Nor is it any accident that she uses the term “terrorists” – unnamed, plural, and in general usage in America, often referring to Islamic radicals – rather than focusing on the one man in question.
Sarah Palin has crossed a line.
via Ha’aretz: Obama-Hate and Sarah Palin’s War on Terror